'Crazy English' founder accused of domestic violence

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The photo posted on the Weibo of 'Li Na Hua's Mom" shows her injured forehead. [weibo.com]

Li Yang, founder of the "Crazy English" learning course, is being accused of committing domestic violence against his American wife by a user on Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter.

A netizen with the user name "Li Na Hua's Mom" published a message Sunday on her Sina Weibo: "Li Yang, you need help. Domestic violence is a serious issue. I'm worried about my husband as well as the future of my family. Your children need their dad. I don't know what to do!" Also attached are the photos of a Caucasian woman, whose forehead, knees and ears show bruises and torn skin.

She even mocked Li's famous remark "I enjoy losing face" with the post: "I enjoy losing face = I enjoy beating my wife's face?"

In addition, the Weibo user posted a message in English that says, "It would be easier if love had just disappeared the minute that your hand struck my face, but it did not. Seeing that you were having make up applied for TV appearance while I was in hospital hurts more than your slamming my head on the floor."

Kim Lee, an American, came to China in 1998. After meeting Li Yang, she became his English teacher. Later, they got married and had three children, who are named Li Li, Li Na and Li Hua. The Weibo user combines the three given names of the children as its user name "Li Na Hua."

The rumor that Li Yang's wife suffers from domestic violence has been gaining attention from a large number of netizens. Some believed that "such issues should be solved by law," while some exclaimed "Crazy Li Yang turns out to really be crazy."

Li has yet to make any public comments himself.

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